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Chemical lab discovered in Douma as Neocons push for war legislation

On Friday, Russian broadcaster VGTRK released a video of an alleged chemical laboratory in Douma, suspected of belonging to militant group Jaish al-Islam, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

Published: April 22, 2018, 10:08 am

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    According to Russian Defence Ministry’s military expert on radiation, chemical, and biological protection, Alexander Rodionov, “the specialists from the unit for radiation, chemical and biological protection conducted a thourough examination into the chemical laboratory discovered in Douma.”

    Chemical weapons production laboratory, video

    Rodionov explained: “The chemical substance of hexamine can be used for production of explosives as well as for synthesis of the poisonous substance sarin.” According to Rodionov, materials such as Thiodiglycol and Diethanolamine, were also found.

    Similarly, a conservative US cable network, One America News Network (OAN) also sent a TV crew into Douma. They discovered massive stockpiles of mortar shells and other weaponry after the evacuation of the Al Qaeda-linked rebels, which the reporter revealed, in some cases, were stacked from the “floor to the ceiling”.

    One America’s Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.

    Several Western powers, led by the United States, instead claimed chemical substances were used by Syrian government forces on April 7. The claim has been denied by Damascus and Moscow, who called the allegations a fabrication and fake.

    Despite zero evidence, on April 14 the US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus as a response to the alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians.

    Now a US military intelligence report leaked to corporate media claims that the April 14 missile strikes carried out by Washington and its allies have “failed to destroy the Syrian government’s alleged chemical weapons capabilities”. The leaked report, featured by the New York Times under the headline “Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says”, and covered extensively by Reuters, makes the implicit case for more extensive and deadly raids against President Bashar al-Assad.

    Worryingly, the report concluded that the missile strikes “had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad’s ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks”.

    Reuters cites “US and allied intelligence” sources as claiming that chemical weapons were being “stored in schools and apartment buildings” which is particularly ominous, providing an advance alibi for future US attacks on Syrian civilians.

    The Democratic Party has also pushed for an escalation of the US war in Syria, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi telling the media on Thursday that the House Democratic Caucus had held a meeting the day before to discuss how to unite the US Congress around the drafting of a new authorization for the use of military force (AUMF). The new planned legislation would cover military operations against the Assad government in Syria.

    The Neocons, which include most Democrats and some Republicans, have continuously lobbied for a more aggressive military confrontation with both Syria and its principal allies, Russia and Iran.

    “The policy is clear, the ability to achieve it is not,” said the House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington in a C-SPAN interview on Thursday. “I don’t think lobbing missiles once a year, saying ‘mission accomplished’ and calling it good is going to achieve that policy objective.”

    The “policy” Smith wants is the overthrow of the Assad government. Currently US troops and its proxies are occupying a third of Syria illegally.

    Footage released on Saturday by Hezbollah media, show the Syrian army attacking ISIS enclaves, OAN reported. ISIS previously took control of a Palestinian camp in the Syrian capital, and it has been under siege for a month. The Syrian government resumed its attack on Friday after a ceasefire collapsed.

    The offensive comes, as OPCW weapons inspectors say they have finally recovered samples from the alleged chemical strike in Douma.

    It has meanwhile emerged that the White Helmets, the group responsible for the filming and promoting the fake gas attack in Ghouta, tried to lobby Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.

    Max Blumenthal’s project revealed an email from October 2016, in which Waters is invited to “honour” the work of the White Helmets. Just days ahead of his recent concert in Barcelona, Waters was contacted by a French journalist working for the White Helmets, Pascal Hanrion, who asked Waters to deliver a message for the group on stage.

    “The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. That’s my belief. We have opposing beliefs,” Waters responded. “If we were to listen to the propaganda of the White Helmets and others, we would be encouraged to encourage our governments to start dropping bombs on people in Syria. This would be a mistake of monumental proportions for us as human beings,” he added.

    The White Helmets were the only source that the US and its two allies UK and France, were relying on to justify their attacks.

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